Many people know if they are morning or evening ‘types’, but many may not know that staying up late comes at a biological price. New research suggests that night owls are at a greater risk of various health problems, including diabetes and respiratory disease, and ultimately, premature death. Crucially, the risk of psychological disorders in this group is double that of morning types.
While it is unknown why this is the case, lead researcher for this study Kristin Knutson suggests that “the problem may be that a night owl is trying to live in a morning lark world,” and hence there is a “misalignment” between their internal clock and external environment.
The researchers suggest that night owls should gradually readjust their sleeping patterns to sleep and rise earlier.
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